“Telephone” -The Black Angels
#2: IGGY & THE STOOGES
At some point in his life Iggy Pop got mad, unusually mad at least for the times he was living in. Iggy’s madness kept him in all sorts of trouble during his younger years while at the same time he managed to revolutionize the sound and mentality of rock & roll. One must realize that the “Nirvana sound” that you are oh so fond of would have sounded much differently if Iggy hadn’t done his thing. Hopefully Iggy’s bad side will come out on night one of FPSF. He has had the slightest tendency in the past to flash some “very special” girls.
#3: THE ARCTIC MONKEYS
The Arctic Monkeys represent the ultimate cliché of a rock band. Hailing from England, the Monkeys have been playing together for about eleven years and they aren’t stopping any time soon. Sure, songs like “Fluorescent Adolescent” and “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” are indeed crowd favorites, but I encourage you to dive a little deeper into the band’s unyielding discography. I guarantee that you’ll discover a collection of music worth getting super stoked for. The Monkey’s performance at FPSF will symbolically mark their gradual return to the live stage setting since last year’s performance at the Summer Olympics.
#4: TV ON THE RADIO
Last time I saw TV On The Radio, I was watching their set twenty feet away from Christian Bale. Needless to say, it was not only a magical experience but it was also extremely loud. These guys really like to turn it up and give the crowd nothing less than a priceless show. If you’re looking for raw talent, look no further than TV On The Radio. They have everything you are looking for.
#5: CAT POWER
Singer-songwriter, Chan Marshall, has been creating music under the name of Cat Power for roughly 21 years. The music of Cat Power ranges from ringing joyful melodies to somber acoustic ballads sprawling from dark themes. Cat Power is only touring in a few select countries and states so it’s a huge treat to have her here at Free Press Summer Fest. I am definitely looking forward to watching her set with a cold drink while chilling on the hill.
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Come day 2 of FPSF, I will most likely be extremely tired and hungover so it’s probably wise that I’m planning everything out now.
The first stop on Sunday morning will be to pay tribute to the Kashmere Stage Band on the Mars stage. The Houston based, Kashmere Stage Band, originated in 1967 when music teacher, Conrad O. Johnson, was inspired to teach his students to learn how to preform jazz/funk music in classic Otis Redding style. Apparently the students gained a lot of talent over the course of their studies with Johnson. I don’t know about you, but doesn’t this just sound like an older version of School of Rock? I’m buying in.
My next desired set to witness hails from the hazy and broke as fuck city of Los Angeles. At 2:10 folk/rock band, Dawes, will take the Neptune stage. Those I know that have seen Dawes live in concert have only said amazing things about them. I am convinced that Dawes will deliver a strong set filled with yearning ballads and beautiful echoing harmonies. Apparently even Bob Dylan saw something great about this band when he snagged them to open up for a few of his latest tour stops this past year. Unfortunately, I’ll be missing out on the legendary Mavis Staples whom I have heard so many marvelous things about. To be honest, I am not as acquainted with Staple’s music in comparison to the music of Dawes.
I am super excited for what’s to come shortly after Dawes. At 4:00, Houston has the honor and privilege of welcoming one of the most eclectic and unique singer/songwriters of our generation, Chan Marshall, better know as Cat Power. As far as I know, Cat Power will not be playing many other festivals let alone shows in the states this year, so this should be a very special treat for Houstonians and festival goers. Cheers to FPSF for snagging Marshall! Her presence will add “something different” to the surrounding environment of Eleanor Tinsley Park. Cat Power will be playing on the Mars stage.
Unfortunately, I might have to dash within the last fifteen minutes of Marshall’s set in pursuit of the loud dynamic duo, Matt & Kim. On the Saturn stage at 4:40, Matt & Kim will offer Houston a variety of up-beat tunes that are worth getting super pumped for. I saw Matt & Kim open for Passion Pit earlier this year and I honestly can say that Matt & Kim’s set was better in every dimension. Matt & Kim are a band that consistently deliver a vibrant sense of energy no matter where they preform. This may not be applicable towards FPSF, but when I saw Matt & Kim they managed to preform their own rendition of the Harlem Shake. Clearly, they are a band that loves the concept of audience interaction.
Following Matt & Kim, I will turn to the Mercury stage for the locally appraised rapper, Devin the Dude. With classics such as “Lacville ‘79” and “Doobie Ashtray”, I have no problem passing up on the repetitive sounds and Icelandic ballads from Of Monsters of Men. I want something to get loose to in this Texas heat. I’m tired of stupid overplayed songs you always hear on the radio such as “Little Talks”. If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere full of illegal and fun things, join me and my pursuit for the hip/hop that makes Houston, Houston!
After Devin the Dude I am tempted to go see the rootsy rock band, Milo Greene, but instead I will turn my concentration towards Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on the Saturn stage at 6:20. I’m not even a big fan of Macklemore but hell, I am 100% sure that it’s going to be an energetic set with an even more energetic atmosphere. At FPSF it’s all about being in the right atmosphere, so regretfully… Macklemore it is!
TV On The Radio takes the Mars stage at 7:20 after Macklemore and it is imperative for everyone to go and see them. Simply put, if you don’t go see TV On The Radio, you’re pretty much a dumbass for many reasons. 1) TV On The Radio is more talented in every possible way than most bands preforming at the festival. 2) Have you heard “Nine Types of Light”? 3) Have you heard “Return to Cookie Mountain”? 4) TV On The Radio will be debuting new material. If those reasons aren’t enough to convince you, you should just stop reading this article. Just stop. Click the exit button.
While going through informal Rush last fall, I chugged many shitty beers to that “I’m a wild boy” song. I don’t even know what it is called. But that’s a really good song that I like to get belligerent to. Therefore, I will be getting belligerent to the rhymes of white boy rapper, Machine Gun Kelly. It’s all about “fuck the police” and loud noises. He’s pretty much a badass and has done a bunch of work with Wacka Flocka throughout his most recent career. Only if Flocka would show up…..
And finally, I will wrap up my two lovely days at FPSF with the loud and obnoxious electronic music of Bassnectar. I saw this guy once at ACL Fest, and it was alright. It’s cool for kids to take psychedelic drugs and shit to his music but that’s really about it… I have no connection to this guy’s music whatsoever and I honestly wish someone more legendary were closing out FPSF this year. Oh well.
SO! What does your schedule look like?